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    Trump Urges Lawmakers to Censure Schiff Over His ‘Fabricating’ POTUS' Call With Zelensky

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    US President Donald Trump’s July phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky was used by Democrats as a pretext to launch an impeachment inquiry last month. Trump denies the accusations that during the call, he pressured Zelensky to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

    US President Donald Trump has gone on Twitter to urge the country’s lawmakers to vote for censuring House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who earlier provided his own interpretation of this summer’s phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Trump expressed hope that “all House Republicans, and honest House Democrats, will vote to CENSURE Rep. Adam Schiff tomorrow for his brazen and unlawful act of fabricating (making up) a totally phony conversation with the Ukraine President and U.S. President, me”.

    The tweet followed a move by Republican Andy Biggs to introduce a resolution which specifically accuses Schiff of "a false retelling of the conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky”.

    “These actions of Chairman Schiff misled the American people, bring disrepute upon the House of Representatives, and make a mockery of the impeachment process,” the resolution asserts.

    In previous series of tweets, Trump suggested that Schiff should be arrested for treason and resign from Congress office over his modifying the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call.

    The US President accused Schiff of making a “totally fraudulent statement to the House and public”.

    The House Intelligence Committee Chairman, for his part, insisted that his summary of the Trump-Zelensky call “was meant to be, at least part, in parody”.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters after the Trump administration blocked U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from giving testimony in the House of Representatives' impeachment investigation of Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2019
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    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters after the Trump administration blocked U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from giving testimony in the House of Representatives' impeachment investigation of Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2019
    “Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me I’m going to say it seven more times,’ my point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words,” Schiff said.

    US President Rejects Impeachment Probe as ‘Coup’

    Trump’s call with Zelensky was followed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing on 24 September an impeachment inquiry against the US President who is accused by Democrats of pressuring Zelensky to investigate former US Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden.

    During the call, the transcript of which was released by the White House, Trump is charged with threatening to withhold financial aid to Ukraine and soliciting a foreign "quid pro quo" meddling to probe the business dealings of Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

    Trump rejected the impeachment proceedings as a “hoax”, a “political witch hunt” and a “coup”, which he claimed aims “to take away the power of the people” as well as […] their God-given rights as a citizen of the United States of America”.

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